Published Jan 20, 2015Though Cannibal Ox's crowdsourcing campaign to pay for a new LP didn't quite reach its goal, the New York duo managed to make a deal with IGC Records/iHipHop Distribution to deliver their sophomore set, Blade of the Ronin. The record is poised to cut through the competition on March 3.
A press release notes that the album, which comes 14 years after 2001's The Cold Vein, has Vast Aire and Vordul Mega presenting a "grimy yet futuristic soundscape." Producer Bill Cosmiq is credited with working on the bulk of the collection with Cannibal Ox, including the previously released "Gotham (Ox City)." Other contributors to the set include metal-faced rapper DOOM, Wu-Tang Clan's U-God, Artifacts, Elzhi and more.
While no new previews from the platter have been served up just yet, you can stream "Gotham (Ox City)" down below. The song had originally appeared on a three-track single along with "Psalm 82," which will also appear on Blade of the Ronin, and "Gases in Hell (Inhale)."
Blade of the Ronin:
1. Cipher Unknown (Intro)
2. Opposite of Desolate (ft. Double A.B.)
3. Psalm 82
4. The Power Cosmiq (ft. Kenyattah Black)
5. Blade: The Art of Ox (ft. Artifacts, U-God)
6. Pressure of Survival (Skit)
7. Carnivorous (ft. Elzhi & Bill Cosmiq)
8. Thunder In July (ft. Space, Swave Sevah, Elohem Star)
10. The Horizon (Interlude)
11. Harlem Knights
12. Sabertooth (ft. Irealz, Bill Cosmiq)
13. Iron Rose (ft. MF Doom)
14. Solar System (Cosmos) (Skit)
15. The Fire Rises
16. Gotham (Ox City)
17. Unison (Skit)
18. Vision (ft. The Quantum)